Allen, Douglas W.
June 2006
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Summer2006, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p949
Academic Journal
The article examines the impact of same-sex marriage laws on the U.S. economy. Marriage is an economically efficient institution, designed and evolved to regulate incentive problems that arise between a man and a woman. As such, its social and legal characteristics will provide a poor match for the incentive problems that arise in the of gay and lesbian couples. Forcing all three relationships to be covered by the same law will lead to a sub-optimal law for all three types of marriage.


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